Two Poems by Lucy Tiven


 

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My hands don’t always shake when I speak
it goes. Just another finky, disembodied voice
trapped inside a greeting card. I guess.

The way I see it there are just
people who like to hear their names
in a song and people who don’t.

Your turn. Harvest Moon,
moon over fillies, even calmer moon
than ‘moon as yoga you can do in your car’
What’s it going to be?

I’m going to get around to writing the story
called “Likely Story.” Remind me

when it’s Derby Day.
I like to catch
just a few of these things

happening the same
to us both. Like the Golden Globes.

There are still four unknown continents
and I don’t want to let go of that yet.

My god is a very tit-for-tat god
but I ask for it a lot.

 

Photography © Allison Goldin

Photography © Allison Goldin

 

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quick. I’m thinking of a number. I wouldn’t usually ask
but please. Ben. Can I borrow your wet trousers.
No reason. I’m not one of those girls who falls asleep
on other peoples laundry, I just like watching you buy milk
you drunken goon. And you still haven’t told me
who’s the biggest bathroom hog in your family? I like
making people do what I say. repeat three times fast:
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you ticket place reefer. I like pot. I like tricking you into talking
about superheroes. I don’t think it’s true that all British people
pronounce it “suburus” Ben. Its just you. The number was one.
I’m sitting down. I’m reading your book so I can’t catch you
biting an imaginary toothpick and not looking at me nonstop
like a beautiful loon. Oh, I don’t know why one.
Just one. Thanks for the salmon Ben. It was so awful.
Nobody should ever buy salmon at Kings Cross
but thanks for the salmon Ben. Thank you so much!
I tell you holding your wrist like a small warm device
and we are on the train already

 

Lucy Tiven is a freelance writer, essayist and couch potato. She lives in California. Her book pilot light is forthcoming from Plain Wrap.

Allison Goldin is an artist living in Cambridge. Her work is a collection of spontaneous drawings from the imagination. The most common link throughout her art are the semi-recognizable creatures scattered amongst and bringing together the surrounding doodles. She is currently studying Illustration at The School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

 

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